Messmer teacher charged with sexually assaulting student

May 30, 2013 2:28 p.m. |  A 28-year-old Waukesha resident and Messmer High School teacher charged earlier in the week with sexually assaulting a male student is facing new accusations. 

A second 15-year-old Messmer student brought forth allegations against Megan C. Garland on Monday, Milwaukee police told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

According to the criminal complaint, Garland was arrested by Milwaukee police outside Destiny Church and School after a witness found her performing oral sex on a 14-year-old Messmer student. 

Garland could face up to 40 years in prison, $100,000 in fines, or both, if convicted.

Reports of Hobby Lobby proposed at Shoppes at Fox River

May 30, 2013 2:08 p.m. | According to reports Hobby Lobby is being proposed at the Shoppes at Fox River off Sunset Drive in Waukesha.

The Plan Commission last week reviewed a request from Opus Design-Build and Ramco Gershenson Inc. to consider approving preliminary plans for a new 53, 520-square-foot building at 1200 W. Sunset Drive as part of The Shoppes at Fox River.

The Shoppes at Fox River has seen numerous developments in recent years. Phase I of the project included a 60,000-square-foot Pick 'n Save and 132,000-squarefoot Target and other smaller stores.

The first phase of Phase II of the development that opened last winter included T.J. Maxx, Ulta Salon and Cosmetics, Rue 21 and Charming Charlie's. The first development in Phase II included more than 47, 000 square feet of retail space on six of the 18 acres of developed land adjacent to the existing Phase I buildings.

When fully built-out, Phase II development has the potential to total 150, 000 square feet as well as provide three to six more junior anchors and additional small-shop retailers.

ProHealth announces $70 million facility in Pewaukee

May 29, 2013 12:55 p.m. | ProHealth Care has just announced plans to build new $70 million facility in Pewaukee, right along Pewaukee Road.

“Modern medicine is making great strides in cancer care, but cancer remains a difficult diagnosis, and our patients deserve the very best we can offer,” said Susan Edwards, ProHealth Care’s chief executive officer. “With this project, we will be able to provide convenient, accessible, state-of-the-art care delivered in a way that exceeds expectations.”

The facility, a cancer treatment center, will be built on a 14-acre site in Pewaukee along Pewaukee Rd, just north of the I-94 interchange. It’s proposed at the intersection of Pewaukee Rd and N Riverwood Dr.

“At ProHealth, we offer the latest treatment options for adults with cancer, plus access to leading clinical trials, and our patients’ five-year survival rates regularly exceed national averages,” Peter Johnson, MD, a medical oncologist and medical director of the ProHealth Care cancer program said. “We are proud to be able to bring the highest level of care to our patients.”

According to the announcement, the new cancer center will pull together, at one convenient location, all of the services patients need, from diagnosis and treatment to support and survivorship services.

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Woman charged in Memorial Day domestic dispute

May 29, 2013 10:47 a.m. | A 45-year-old Waukesha woman was charged with drunken driving with an 8-year-old passenger and disorderly conduct after a heated roadside argument on Memorial Day.

Sheila M. Rhodes was charged on May 28 in Waukesha County Circuit Court with first-offense operating while intoxicated, with a minor in the vehicle, and disorderly conduct, allegedly smashing in the window of her recently divorced husband’s car with a tire iron.

According to the criminal complaint:

A witness called police at approximately 1:15 a.m. on May 27 stating that there seemed to be a violent incident occurring at the intersection of Cambridge Avenue and Erin Lane.

Waukesha Police responded and spoke with one of the drivers, Calvin Rhodes, the recently divorced husband of Sheila. In the backseat of Sheila’s car was her 8-year-old grandson and Calvin’s vehicle had a smashed in rear window.

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Town of Waukesha wants in water service area, sends letter to city

May 24, 2013 12:09 p.m. | The debate over being in the City of Waukesha's future water supply continued for the Town of Waukesha at its Thursday night board meeting.

Ultimately, it voted to send a letter to city officials saying that it accepts the April 25 letter from the city to be included in the water service area with the following amendments.

– All high capacity shallow aquifer wells in the Town operated by the City of Waukesha including the Lathers wells are to be abandoned upon a successful application for Great Lakes Water Diversion (the city is seeking Great Lakes water so it has radium-compliant water by 2018; the Department of Natural Resources is currently reviewing its application).

– Conditional inclusion in the City of Waukesha's Water Service Area only if the City of Waukesha is successful in obtaining a Great Lakes Diversion.

– The Town of Waukesha retains the right to enter into negotiations with the Village of Big Bend for treatment services for town property (which the Town voted on and agreed to at a special board meeting Tuesday).

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Waukesha West boys tennis team wins sectional, earns second straight state berth

May 23, 2013 12:02 p.m. | Before last year, the Waukesha West boys tennis team only qualified for state one time.

That was in 1997. 

Now, the Wolverines are making the trip to Madison a more regular occurrence after qualifying for team state for the second straight year by dominating the Racine Horlick Sectional on Wednesday.

They won the sectional with 47 points, comfortably ahead of second-place Kenosha Tremper (35). Waukesha South finished a respectable third with 30 points. 

West was led by four individual sectional titles, two singles flights (No. 2 senior Nick Wildes and No. 3 junior Adam Fowler) and two doubles flights (No. 2 senior Nate Simon/junior Mickey Nguyen and No. 3 seniors Lars Farland/Jason Kaja). 

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Blood drive to take place Tuesday at Town of Waukesha Hall

May 23, 2013 11:55 a.m. | The Town of Waukesha Fire Department will host a blood drive on Tuesday at Town Hall, W250 S3567 Center Road.

The drive is from 3 to 7 p.m.

Appointments can be made through the website or by contacting the department at (262) 542-3199.

Appointments are encouraged, but walk-ins are welcomed. 

According to the website, there are numerous slots still available, as of Thursday morning.

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Waukesha manufacturer plans expansion

May 22, 2013 7:00 a.m. | Miro Tool & Manufacturing Inc. is planning to add 22,000 square feet in manufacturing space, and 1,750 square feet in office space, to its main Waukesha building.

Miro plans to begin construction in July on the addition to its facility at 201 Sentry Drive, said President Jeff Brown. That project, to be reviewed by the city Plan Commission at its Wednesday night meeting, is to be completed by February, he said.

Brown said the $1.8 million expansion will provide more efficient work space for the growing company, which also operates in two nearby buildings on Philip Drive. Miro operates within a total of 42,000 square feet, he said.

Miro, which provides laser cutting, tooling and other industrial services, has 43 employees, Brown said. He expects to add more workers, and said Miro is continually looking for skilled employees. 

Mountain bike trail to open June 1 in Waukesha's Minooka Park

May 21, 2013 9:34 a.m. | The first leg of a new mountain bike trail in Waukesha County's Minooka Park opens Saturday, June 1.

The trail, located near the park's picnic shelter 5, is being opened in three phases and eventually will total five miles. The part that's opening is 1.5 miles.

"The mountain bike trails will meet a community and regional need and promote bicycling and outdoor activities in the park," Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas said in a news release.

The county worked with the Waukesha Bicycle Alliance, and members of the bike organization volunteered nearly 500 hours in planning and building the trail, Vrakas said. Waukesha County has fewer than five miles of off-road trails for bicycles.

Minooka Park is at 1927 E. Sunset Drive in Waukesha. The grand opening event for the trail is from 9 a.m. to noon and is free, though there is usually a $4-a-car entrance fee to the park. The trail opens at sunrise and closes at sunset, from April 1 to Nov. 1. The trail can be used for snowshoeing in winter.

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Waukesha County Sheriff Detective arrested for OWI Sunday morning

May 20, 2013 9:42 p.m. | Waukesha County Sheriff Dan Trawicki reported Monday evening that early Sunday, a Waukesha County Sheriff's detective was arrested for operating while intoxicated.

The release said the detective was arrested at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday by the Sparta Police Department. It states the detective has served on the Sheriff's Department for 23 years and was off duty at the time of the arrest.

The Sheriff's Department is investigating the matter and the detective has been reassigned to administrative duties pending the outcome of the investigation, the release states.

Waukesha woman's smile featured on NASCAR race car Saturday

May 17, 2013 9:06 a.m. | When Waukesha resident Tina Johnson began experiencing oral pain and infections in 2010, she spent a lot of time looking for answers, to no avail. But all of that changed once she met Aspen Dental practice owner Dr. Alison Teske (Meudt), DDS, and her team in Waukesha, Wis., who successfully treated Tina for periodontal disease and gave her a new reason to smile—her health.

On May 18, Aspen Dental and Stewart-Haas Racing celebrated Johnson’s good health and experience by showcasing her healthy smile on Ryan Newman’s No. 39 Aspen Dental Chevrolet during the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race at Charlotte, N.C., Motor Speedway.

Johnson was selected to have her photo featured on the No. 39 Chevrolet based on her comments on the Aspen Dental Facebook page.

Read more in Thursday's Waukesha Now.

Waukesha museum plans sneak peek Saturday of Les Paul exhibit

May 16, 2013 9:24 a.m. | Fans of the guitar innovator and Waukesha native Les Paul can get a sneak peek of the Waukesha County Museum's new exhibit on him Saturday.

The exhibit, called "Les Paul: The Wizard of Waukesha," formally opens on June 9.

The museum at 101 W. Main St. has an open house from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, as part of the city's Historic Preservation Days.

Among items in the exhibit are a rare guitar and other items acquired at a California auction.

Golden Guernsey dairy plant sold to Illinois company

May 14, 2013 9:08 p.m. | The Golden Guernsey dairy plant in Waukesha was sold at a bankruptcy auction Tuesday to Lifeway Foods Inc. of Morton Grove, Ill., for $7.4 million.

The plant employed 112 people before it closed Jan. 5 and left dozens of school districts scrambling for another milk supplier.

Lifeway - which makes kefir, a dairy product similar to yogurt - says it would like to reopen the Waukesha plant this summer, employing as many people as possible.

The company, with plants in Illinois and Pennsylvania, had $89.8 million in sales in 2012 and is traded on the Nasdaq stock exchange. It has about 360 employees.

Lifeway topped another bidder, Superior Dairy LLC from Canton, Ohio, by $100,000 to acquire Golden Guernsey.

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Waukesha neighborhood evacuation ends; grenade called safe

May 09, 2013 6:10 p.m. | A device described as a military-style grenade that prompted the evacuation of residents in Waukesha neighborhood Thursday has been determined to be safe, police said.

Shortly before 4 p.m. authorities were called to the 300 block of Wilson Ave., where the device was found in the driveway of a residence, police said.

Nearby homes were evacuated and the Milwaukee County Sheriff's Office bomb was called to the scene, taking custody of the device after deciding it was safe, police said.

Taco shop to donate part of sales in memory of slain Waukesha woman

May 09, 2013 7:50 a.m. | Taco John's in Waukesha will donate 50% of all sales Thursday to a memorial fund in honor of a 24-year-old mother who was killed outside her Waukesha home, according to the restaurant's Facebook page.

Shanel "Nani" Negron was shot to death April 22. Eddie Callaway, 26, her boyfriend, was the main suspect and fled Wisconsin. When police caught up with him last week in Indiana, he turned a gun on himself and committed suicide.

Negron is survived by a 3-year-old daughter. The benefit at Taco John's is from 6:30 a.m. until 11 p.m.

Woman in Saturday's crash was operating with suspended driver's license

May 07, 2013 2:10 p.m. | The woman who crashed her truck into a tree last weekend in Waukesha was operating her vehicle with a suspended driver’s license, Sgt. Jerry Habanek said Wednesday.

Habanek said the woman, who has not been named, will receive a citation for operating while suspended as well as failure to have control.

The Waukesha Police Department is waiting for blood results to determine if any controlled substances were a factor in the crash, Habanek said.

The incident occurred just before 10:30 a.m. Saturday when the 30-year-old woman crashed her truck into a tree at 726 E. Main St.

The woman’s two children were in the vehicle and were transported to Children’s Hospital with what police believed to be life-threatening injuries.

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Mother, two children, suffer life-threatening injuries in Waukesha crash

May 04, 2013 12:46 p.m. | Three people, including two young children, sustained life-threatening injuries in a late morning crash in Waukesha Saturday.

Waukesha Police said a vehicle struck a tree in the 700 block of Main St. shortly before 10:30 a.m. The driver, a 30-year-old woman, and her two children, whose ages were not available, all suffered serious injuries and were transported to hospitals by ambulance and helicopter, police said.

No further information was available.

Waukesha man held on $3 million bail in triple homicide case

May 03, 2013 7:00 p.m. | The three victims of a triple homicide in rural Lafayette County are being buried Saturday as their suspected killer remains in jail on $3 million bail.

Private funeral arrangements are set for 11 a.m. at Wiota Lutheran Church for Gary Thoreson, 70; his wife, Chloe Thoreson, 66; and his brother Dean, 76. A memorial fund has been established in Gary and Chloe's name, and donations to the Lafayette County K-9 Unit can be made in honor of Dean.

Jaren M. Kuester, 31, of Waukesha is incarcerated in the Lafayette County Jail in connection with the Sunday slayings.

Kuester was arrested Sunday afternoon in Waukesha and turned over to Lafayette County authorities early Monday. Judge William D. Johnston made a finding of probable cause that Kuester committed a crime warranting detention pending the filing of charges, Lafayette Sheriff Scott Pedley said. The finding was critical, because under state law, a person arrested must be charged or have a judicial finding of probable cause made within 48 hours of arrest to justify continued detention. The judge has sealed the probable cause determination and search warrants related to the case.

Pedley said a criminal complaint will be filed when all the necessary information is obtained. Kuester is due back in court for an initial appearance at 1 p.m. Friday.

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Town vote keeps most land outside of Waukesha water area

May 03, 2013 9:54 a.m. | Town of Waukesha - Town Chairman John Marek said Friday he was unable to persuade a majority of the Town Board at a special meeting Thursday to place most of the municipality in the City of Waukesha's water service area.

The board did not rescind a January decision to include only a small northern portion of the town within the service area boundary. As a consequence, most town property owners will be left out of the area and unable to connect to city water or sewer service in the future, Marek said.

The Town Board Thursday reaffirmed a proposal setting several conditions for including most of the town in the service area. The offer, first approved at a board meeting Monday, was rejected by City Administrator Ed Henschel.

Henschel said Friday his position has not changed. There is no time to negotiate terms of the proposed development agreement, revenue sharing agreement or other conditions, he said.

An April 30 deadline set by the city for a final decision has passed.

Meijer reveals plans to come to Waukesha

May 03, 2013 8:44 a.m. | Mayor Jeff Scrima said Meijer, Inc. has revealed plans for the construction of a proposed store in the City of Waukesha.

Scrima said Meijer would construct its food, clothing and home good merchandising center on the 30-acre parcel located at the southeast corner of Sunset Drive and Tenny Avenue, pending governmental approval.

A preliminary timeline is for construction to begin during the first quarter of 2014 with a store opening scheduled for summer of 2015.

This comes after plans were recently announced to redevelop the former vacant Kmart store on east Sunset Drive. Xperience Fitness will be one of the tenants at that location with space available for other retail stores.

In 2011, Scrima and local property owner Dave Smart invited and encouraged Meijer to come to Waukesha.

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Meijer proposes supermarket in Waukesha

May 02, 2013 11:57 a.m. | Meijer Inc. plans to open a supermarket and discount store on Waukesha's southeast side.

The 192,940-square-foot store would be on around 30 acres south of E. Sunset Drive, east of Tenny Ave., said Brian Randall, an attorney for the Grand Rapids, Mich.-based retailer.

The proposal will be reviewed by the city Plan Commission on Wednesday, he said. Meijer also plans to operate a gas station at the site.

As part of its push into Wisconsin, Meijer has proposed supermarket and discount stores in other Milwaukee-area communities, including Grafton, Wauwatosa, Sussex and Oak Creek. The retailer dropped plans for a store in Franklin.

The Meijer store would be roughly a half-mile east of a former Kmart store that's being redeveloped with city financing help.

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Man shot by police charged with reckless endangerment

May 02, 2013 10:02 a.m. |  A 44-year-old Waukesha man shot by officers on April 21 after allegedly running at police wielding two knives was charged Wednesday with recklessly endangering safety and obstructing an officer.

Gibson P. Martin could potentially face more than 16 years in prison for allegedly threatening to, “cut throats” and taking a family friend hostage during the early morning standoff. Five different law enforcement officials, three Waukesha Police officers and two Sheriff’s deputies, fired rounds at Martin, who was transported by helicopter to Froedtert Hospital for medical treatment. He allegedly told an officer he wanted to, “commit suicide by cop.”

The District Attorney’s reviewed the incident, as is standard whenever a law enforcement official uses deadly force in the line of duty, and found no basis for charging the officers involved.

District Attorney Brad Schimel said in a letter sent to the Waukesha Police Department and Sheriff’s Department: “…Any reasonable person in the circumstances of the officers would have perceived that Mr. Martin posed a clear threat of great bodily harm or death to others.”

According to the criminal complaint:

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Waukesha to town: No time for water haggling

May 01, 2013 1:00 p.m. | Town of Waukesha - City of Waukesha Administrator Ed Henschel said Wednesday he rejected town board conditions for placing most of the town in the city's future water service area.

The town board Monday agreed to place nearly all of the town in the service area if the city negotiated several conditions, including a development agreement and revenue sharing agreement encompassing town properties annexed to the city.

There is no longer time for negotiations, Henschel said. The city had given the town until April 30 to make a final decision so there is no time remaining for talks, he said.

Town Chairman John Marek has scheduled a special town board meeting Thursday at 6:30 p.m. to discuss the city's rejection and consider an alternative proposal without conditions requiring negotiations, Marek said.

If no action is taken, the city will ask regional planners and state environmental regulators to accept a water service area that includes a small northern portion of the town, as approved by the town board in January.

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Callaway commits suicide in Indiana after police confrontation

May 01, 2013 11:27 a.m. | Eddie D. Callaway, charged with the alleged shooting death of Shanel "Nani" Negron on April 22, committed suicide in Indiana Tuesday night.

Waukesha police confirmed at a Wednesday afternoon news conference that Callaway, 26, shot himself in the head after he was located on a bicycle by an Indiana state police detective around 10:30 p.m. in Bloomington, Ind.

Other officers responded to search for the suspect before a Bloomington police officer located Callaway on a trail.

When Callaway was ordered off his bicycle and being held on the ground, additional back-up officers were called.

After a back-up officer arrived, Callaway reached toward his waistband and retrieved a weapon despite verbal commands to keep his hands outstretched away from his body, Bloomington police said.

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» Messmer teacher charged with sexually assaulting student 5/30

» Reports of Hobby Lobby proposed at Shoppes at Fox River 5/30

» ProHealth announces $70 million facility in Pewaukee 5/29

» Woman charged in Memorial Day domestic dispute 5/29

» Town of Waukesha wants in water service area, sends letter to city 5/24

» Waukesha West boys tennis team wins sectional, earns second straight state berth 5/23

» Blood drive to take place Tuesday at Town of Waukesha Hall 5/23

» Waukesha manufacturer plans expansion 5/22

» Mountain bike trail to open June 1 in Waukesha's Minooka Park 5/21

» Waukesha County Sheriff Detective arrested for OWI Sunday morning 5/20

» Waukesha woman's smile featured on NASCAR race car Saturday 5/17

» Waukesha museum plans sneak peek Saturday of Les Paul exhibit 5/16

» Golden Guernsey dairy plant sold to Illinois company Updated:  5/14

» Waukesha neighborhood evacuation ends; grenade called safe 5/9

» Taco shop to donate part of sales in memory of slain Waukesha woman 5/9

» Woman in Saturday's crash was operating with suspended driver's license 5/7

» Mother, two children, suffer life-threatening injuries in Waukesha crash 5/4

» Waukesha man held on $3 million bail in triple homicide case Updated:  5/3

» Town vote keeps most land outside of Waukesha water area 5/3

» Meijer reveals plans to come to Waukesha 5/3

» Meijer proposes supermarket in Waukesha 5/2

» Man shot by police charged with reckless endangerment 5/2

» Waukesha to town: No time for water haggling 5/1

» Callaway commits suicide in Indiana after police confrontation 5/1

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